By Kristin Stassi
A newly constructed, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-eligible building opened on Fort Detrick to serve as the headquarters for the Chemical Biological Medical Systems Joint Project Management Office and elements of the Naval Medical Research Center.
The facility, which was celebrated in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Dec., is the newest LEED-eligible building constructed on Fort Detrick.
“Today’s ribbon cutting is the culmination of a successful 19-month partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Garrison Command and our partners in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to bring our unit back home to Fort Detrick,” said CBMS Joint Project Manager Col. Charles B. Millard, at the Dec. 9 event.
“Serving in a LEEDS building underscores the commitment of the Department of Defense to energy security and sustainability, which are operationally necessary and financially prudent.”
The ceremony began with Millard and Navy Capt. Elizabeth Montcalm-Smith, program manager, Advanced Medical Development Program NMRC, addressing the large crowd of CBMS and Navy employees in attendance. Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman, commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, and Col. Allan J. Darden Sr., commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick, officially cut the ribbon to open the new eco-friendly building. For CBMS, the move to Detrick was a homecoming driven by a Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission recommendation; a founding element of CBMS, the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program, started in 1996 only a few hundred yards away from the new building in a small annex near the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The BRAC move strategically and geographically unites CBMS with the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, USAMRMC laboratories and medical development activities, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility.
The new Joint Biomedical Research, Development and Acquisition Management Center is pursuing its LEED Silver-level certification for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiencies, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
The open office environment includes private offices and energy-efficient conference rooms. Occupants will also actively participate in Operation Paper Purge, which means “going green” with a reduction in paper costs. JPM-CBMS, a subordinate of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, is responsible for research, development, acquisition, fielding, and life cycle management of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved/cleared medical systems for protection, treatment, and diagnostic capabilities against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear warfare threat agents.
All CBRN medical countermeasures are approved by and regulated through the FDA.
CBMS is composed of a headquarters and three Joint Product Management Offices: The Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program, the Medical Identification and Treatment Systems, and Biosurveillance (provisional). For more information, visit www.jpeocbd.osd.mil.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.